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    difference between the model years?

    Sup guys.


    I've been drooling over WRXes for a while. I'm graduating next april so I figured I deserve a grad present -- I'm shopping for a WRX.

    Is there a comprehensive list of all the difference between model years?

    Here (in Canada) a 2002 WRX goes for $25k, 2003 for $28k and a 2004 is way up at $35k or so. The only cosmetic difference I noticed was the different headlight unit for 2004s. Also 2004 seem to look a bit more agressive somehow. Nothing that I can put my finger on though. But I figure for a $10k difference between 2002 and 2004 I should be able to do tons of mods (if I'm so inclined) and get it to look as agressive as I want to. So, thoughts (and differences too)?

    -d

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    Quote Originally Posted by trae
    Sup guys.


    I've been drooling over WRXes for a while. I'm graduating next april so I figured I deserve a grad present -- I'm shopping for a WRX.

    Is there a comprehensive list of all the difference between model years?

    Here (in Canada) a 2002 WRX goes for $25k, 2003 for $28k and a 2004 is way up at $35k or so. The only cosmetic difference I noticed was the different headlight unit for 2004s. Also 2004 seem to look a bit more agressive somehow. Nothing that I can put my finger on though. But I figure for a $10k difference between 2002 and 2004 I should be able to do tons of mods (if I'm so inclined) and get it to look as agressive as I want to. So, thoughts (and differences too)?

    -d
    02 and 03 are pretty much the same except some very minor changes. 04 has a different front bumper, headlights, taillights, hood scoop, different seats, different gauge cluster with centered tach and red needles, boost gauge moved... Everything else is the same.
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    i just picked up a MY05 4 days ago, and i also noticed that it doesn't have an antenna, the antenna is integreated into the rear windshield which is NOOOOOOIIIIIICE!!!

    The MY04/05 suspension are direct swap w/ the STi, so dropping an STi suspension is easy.

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    yeah, that's pretty cool. I wish my antenna were in the glass or somewhere else. Oh, and I wish it worked too.
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    MY04 also has unpainted sideskirts.

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    word on the streets says the tranny in an 04+ is a little stronger than 02-03 also. the seats are very nice in an 04 also...more of a racer type seat imo.

    i would watch out for buying used as some may have been parted back to stock. so who knows how hard a life it has had. thats why i bought an 04 new cause only i could have driven it hard
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